NCA Inside & Out

New Research in Communication

New Research in Communication

September 11, 2015

In each issue of NCA Inside & Out, we highlight a few recently published articles from NCA’s journals. Please note that members have free online access to all articles in NCA’s 11 journals.

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: A Cautionary Tale Starring White Working-Class People” in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies June 2015. 

This analysis of the popular reality series, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, highlights the featured family's inability—because of its working-class status—to conform to an “ideal whiteness” that the author says displays dominant cultural standards bolstered by neoliberalism, such as wealth, rationality, personal responsibility, and self-control. The family members consequently become exemplars of “inappropriate whiteness,” a marginal identity presented as humorous and, through the use of surveillance and spectacle, authentic.  (Author:  Tasha R. Rennels)

“Performing Landscapes of/and Loss”   in Text and Performance Quarterly August 2015. 

This study focuses on the geography of ruined landscapes as metaphors for our personal interior lives.  The author examines the landscapes of September 11, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and others as palimpsests for the events themselves. As barren landscapes and decomposed architecture speak to physical and geographic trauma, they can be powerful embodiments of the emotional gravity of loss that exists within all of us.  They can also be tools that contribute to healing and even transformation. (Author: Patrick Santoro)

 “Open BUK: Digital Labor, Media Investigation and the Ukrainian Civil War” in Critical Studies in Media Communication July 2015 

This article considers the revolutionary power of online digital labor, which emerged remarkably in the wake of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 disaster in July of 2014. The Ukrainians took an unconventional, open-source approach to counteracting the Russian narrative that Ukrainians were responsible for downing the commercial airliner: they released key pieces of video evidence on social media and asked for help. The result has serious implications for future online, transnational investigations(Author: Matt Sienkiewicz)

 “Communication Behaviors Associated with Competent Nursing Handoff” in the Journal of Applied Communication Research August 2015. 

This quantitative study used data from 286 nurses responding to an online survey to identify specific communication behaviors associated with a communicatively competent patient handoff at nursing shift change.  The results suggest that the best nursing handoffs are those in which both the incoming and the outgoing nurses made frequent use of information exchange (information giving, seeking, and verifying) and socioemotional communication behaviors.  (Authors:  Anne Ray Streeter, Nancy Grant Harrington, and Derek R. Lane).